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!  The Glenville Democrat .......... Get real, Glenville Editor, newspapers make mistakes/ Last week my college learned logic lagged way behind my harsher newspaper experi- encel And, I flopped, royally! One useful principle of logic is don't make blanket assertions, like the University of Kentucky's basketball team will win it all, because these generalizations will almost al- ways end up as untrue, or, at least, faulty. Situation: Last week on one of my Face- book pages, everyone seemed to be posting these general statements, of which they pur- ported as being true. Most of them come from some other website, so their origins are ques- tionable at best, downright untrue at worst. Seeing these supposedly true affirmations, I decided, well, I need to make one of these generalizations. Hence, thinking of tiffs news- paper, I stated, after a long introduction, that "we editors, of The Glenville DemocratPath- finder, don't make mistakes, like the other newspapers do." I based that observation on a couple of big gaffs that I'd noticed in other area and state- '-. wide newspapers over the past month or so. i! Moreover, we hadn't had a phone call chew- The Corcoran Column ing us out for a misspelling a person's name in quite a.few months. And, before we put each week's edition to bed on Tuesday afternoon, I personally review each page, reading and correcting the headlines and news stories when there are noticeable errors. I strive for perfection, and always have. Tliat's a problem in my upbringing that I've had to live with. Most people probably vow, 'TII give it a good shot and, then, move on." No, I insist that if it isn't right the first time, correct the error and nmke it perfect. Then, move on to the next project. Eke, no sooner than the day after asserting that our readers can "trust us" for not making mistakes, I look over a front page picture and caption. It doesn't seem to have a location listed for an old mine' s blowout, due, perhaps, to the heavyrains of that week. The muddy sludge came rushing down the hollow, went over the highway and stopped traffic that morning. Answering the call were the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Dept. and Dept. of Highways,I take it. They rapidly got the slide under control, so that traffic could resume as usual. This mine is located on SR 5 across the highway from the old Eastern American, which is now Energy Corporation of America, and Dominion's Compressor Sta- tion. At the same instant, and for whatever reason, I had Rte. 33 on my mind, perhaps because I was hungry and felt like driving out to the 33 Country Club for supper. Hence, I wrote in the headline bubble that it happened on Rte. 33, and also placed the same in the caption. Readers must have thought I was crazy, especially the firefighters who were out patrolling the "SR 5" area. Continued on page 5 : A review of the Legislative bills passed that are on Governor's desk !! By the Honorable Brent Boggs, : State Delegate (34th District.Gilmer-Braxton) *: As I write this week, Jean and I enjoyed a : wonderful and blessed Easter weekend. With most of the loose ends tied tip from the legis- i: lative session; getting back into the railroad ,. work; taking on some major home projects; following up on con- stituent requests; and a beginning of clean-up around home and farm from the hard winter, the Easter services and beautiful weather made for a great time. Having the opportunity to spend .... the afternoon with my :: HeN. BRENT parents and Jean's dad , BOGGS and step-mom, Justin, ::. Jen and the twins made :: for a special day. While Jessica and the boys ;:: could not make it home, we hope to visit with :: them very soon. generally run about one month behind. Dur- ing February, the state revenue came in about $2.5 million behind revenue estimates. Ac- cording to the Tax Dept. officials, that puts the State on pace to end the fiscal year June 30 at about $60 million below estimates. However, coming out of a difficult winter, a good spring can allow opportunity for those numbers to improve. While the out-years look good, it still is slow going with low natural gas prices, a depressed coal market and other factors. The good news is that we are improved over this point of one year ago in 2014, due to the policies we put in place over the past several years. Remembering Upper Big Branch Finally, Sunday, April 5 was the fifth anni- versary of the tragic Upper Big Branch mine disaster. Twenty-nine hard working miners were killed in a massive explosion that from all accounts could have been prevented if a culture of safety had been in place bY supervi- sors and owners of the operation. Instead,it is apparent from the ongoing investigation that profit was a priority over safety. Prosecutions Mining is a dangerous profession. It" takes brave, dedicated, safe and focused individu- als to go into the mines to keep our lights on and meet the energy needs of America and beyond. Despite the risks, thousands go into the mines daily in our State. We owe a great debt of gratitude to them and their families for putting it all on the line every day. And, we should never, never roll back safety rules and regulations that were put in place to protect miners - usually after a mine disaster. Profits never should be placed before the safety and lives of our miners. How to contact met In the interim, send your inquiries to my home office at: 151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624 or fax 364-8711. If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know. For those with Interact access, my legislative e-mail address is: BrentJBoggs @ WVhouse.gov You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Governor finished actions haveconcnrredandmorearelikely.Onrhearts Legislature's web site at http:// On Fnda , Governor Ead Ray Tombhn ' ' Y J " and prayers continue to be with the families of www.legis.state.wv.us/ When leaving a mes- comnleted his action on the bills rassed dur ..... i,, _. e 1 -- " " " " our hone lng me legismuve session. Legislative action??? number watla your mqmry and any detmls you Last week, I included a list of all pending bills. Of that final list of bills, the Governor vetoed a total of 32 separate bills, in addition to a lengthy list of separate line item veto items in the budget bill. while I'm not sure where that ranks in the history of our State, it certainly is a record number of gubematorial vetoes since I've been in the House of Del- egates for nearly 20 years. The Legislative website will not be up- dated until early this week, so I'll have a complete list of gubernatorial bill actions next week. The state's budget On the state's budget front, the numbers During the legislative session, a bill that r'Sllbaclrnane safe'las passed unlL'r the misleading title of being a"creating coal jobs and mine safety act". Over the objections of most mine workers, the bill passed and was signed into law by the Governor. How soon we forget. Upper Big Branch. Sago. Aracoma. And, going back a few years, many more mine tragedies have occurred. Sometimes, the ones that claim one life are only mentioned in passing on the news. But that loss of life is no less tragic to that family than when nmltiple fatalities occur. A dangerous occupation can provide. Additional intbrmation, includ- ing agency links and the state government phone directory,may be foundatwww.wv .go v Also, you may follow me on Facebook at "BrentBoggs",TwiRer at"@DelBrentBoggs", as well as the WV I.. gislature's Facebook page at "West Virginia Legislature" or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/wvlegislature Conclusion Hope that you, too, had a Happy Easter! And, remember our troops -- at home and abroad -- and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Until next week, take care! Local "Marthas & Marys" appreciate "World Day of Prayer" stories Dear Editor, perspective is the need for all people to be On behalf of the women of Marthas and respected and treated with dignity without Marys, we want to commend you very much preiudice. for your front-page picture and article about We appreciate your participating in the the "World Day of Prayer" on March 26. service which you described so well in your That service, written by women of the Ba- story. Also, much gratitude for your editorial hamas, highlighted their country's perspec- on April 2nd -- "Powerful evening...World tive on issues of equal rights and freedom as Day of Prayer: a plea for world peace." they see the need in their land. The wider Your encouragement and support of the efforts of Marthas and Marys, an ecumenical group of Gilmer County church women, is very timely and most appreciated. Most sincerely, Sharon Radabaugh, Moderator Judy Meads, Past Moderator Every man and woman has a podium to speak from.., in our "Letters to the Editor' column! Please adhere to our Letters to the Editor policies stated below. Send your letters to us at: Glenville Democrat/ Pathfinder, P.O. Box 458,. Glenville WV 26351 or emaih glenvillenews@gmail.com Editorials I Earth Day- April is W. Va. 'Make It Shine" month With the success of the recent First Baptist Church's Cancer Fund Dinner and fund-raiser, we editors hope that the same enthusiasm will be generated among our Gilmer County residents, businesses and schools for celebrating this year's upcoming Earth Day on Wed., Apr. 22. The best way to do that is by participating in one of a variety of countywide governmental, household and neighborhood clean-ups, or by organizing one in your rural or community area, if you don't have one. Already Glenville Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick wants to get the clean-up and spring beautification effort going in this county seat community, according to his recent "Letter to the Editor" of this newspaper. See more details in page I news update and ad on page 11! The clean-up initiatives of the city of Glenville, the County Commission and Glenville State College can only go so far, though, in that their man mad woman power is limited. To succeed, these public bodies dependon the help of everyone, of whom each person, business Or school will be doing their own fair shares. It starts at 10 a.m. this Sat., Apr. 11 at Morris Stadium for citizens to pick up their garbage bags and other clean-up items and instructions. Although compared with other holidays, F, arth Day is a very recent, but needed special day not only to commemorate past efforts to be kind, gentle and to protect Mother Earth, but also to spark to action community members and organizations to be planet-friendly. Sadly and nonsensically, some people have been throwing their trash onto the highways and/or letting the winter's heavy objects, which they are in the process of discarding (we take it), lay in full public view in their front yards. Now is the right time for "Spring Housecleaning," or, more specifically, to pick up the trash on the highways in front of one's property, to clean up the front, side and back yards, and to fLx-up and paint-up one's home. From what we editors have been hearing, some of this clean-up, spruce up and paint up is already taking place in the county. Kudos to these forward thinking residents, for all of this can be accomplished within a couple of weekends, if we just put our minds and backs to the job. In addition, Glenville State College is tobe commended for its Yeager Airport tree planting initiative. It's a timely college effort, in that recently a major landslide there destroyed one house and a few other buildings below the runway, thereby forcing over 140 residents of that neighborhood to evacuate until the hillside could be stabilized. Also, the teachers in our schools who challenge their students to do an Earth Day project are to be praised. Our youths understand environmental cleanliness and being kind .to Mother Earth. It's hard to tell who is littering the highways, but we suspect that it is mainly Gilmer Countians, who use these roads daily. As a result, school is a good place to start teaching the next generation of local citizens the importance of their not trashing our beautiful county. So, our educational institutions would be ideal starting points to emphasize the value of these Earth Day lessons. Next, we, as responsible citizens, need to recycle our recyclable materials, such as metal and almninum cans, plastic bottles, milk bottles and newspapers, because those items can be recycled at the old U-Pak parking lot's giant container. It really doesn't take too much time to place these materials aside and to recycle them, and after a while,it gets to be second nature to do so. In Wisconsin and some other states, it's the law, and citizens observe it. Finally, be alert to when the Gilmer County Commission's annual countywide scrap metal, tire or electronic devices cleanup will occur. This is really important because it's not easp for local residents to dispose of these bulky and often dangerous objects. Earth Day, 2015 needs to be remembered in Gilmer County as the day that we best celebrated it by cleaning up our own properties. Indeed, this editorial would not have been written had local people not been complaining to this publisher-editor about all of the unsightly litter building up around the county. So, let's put a stop to this sloppiness and unconcern about our Mother Earth! Hopefully, this Earth Day month will be remembered as one of Gilmer County's best efforts at beantification through the people'spersonal clean- David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher.Editor ups. Great news... Folk Festivalto restore Old Bank Dr. David O'Dell, President of the West Virginia State Folk Festival Committee, and his officers have taken the "bul I by the horns" and decided to restore the historic,yet deteriorated Little Kanawha Valley Bank building on Howard Street at Bank Street. This is indeed a positive sign not only for its continuing use by the annual festival for the Ron and Lynne Kemper Bird Display and Quilling activities, but also for beautifying the downtown,and making the district more appealing to tourists. In fact, the restoration of the 1901 building will greatly fit into the Gilmer County Economic Development Association's "heritage tourism" initiative with three other adja- cent counties, in that Gilmer is stipulated to showcase our river heritage, while the other counties will attract people to their railroad, Oil & Gas Industry and Glass Industry sites. The bank's location was originally on Powell Street, which parallels the Little Kanawha River in Glenville's downtown business district. Hence, what the Folk Festival Committee is actually doing for itself is also helping to show off this historic attraction to tourists from elsewhere, thereby bol stefing the multi-county heritage tourism plan. Kudos to Cedarville's Jim Bailey who, as a concerned citizen, has pleaded, begged and advocated for more public awareness of these heritage tourism sites for the past nearly three decades! In addition to being historic, the former bank building is architecturally significant for its pressed metal material and its use of classical detail. The bank's sheet metal exterior is its most notable characteristic, because pressed tin was typically only used on the inside ceilings of the old stores of years gone by, like in the Festival's Conntry Store Museum downtown. In 1906 the bank merged with the First National Bank forming the Kanawha Union Bank, and the Classic Revival style building was occupied until 1916 when the bank outgrew the small facility. Later, it was acquired by the present day United Bank, which gave it to the community in 1977, when it was moved from Powell Street to its current location. Finally, on behalf of the Historical Society and downtown, we editors wish to commend the Folk Festival Committee for their vision in keeping up this historic site and insuring that it is open for future historical and Kemper bird contest activities. DHC, Sr. Edge of the ptttt  by George Harper Dear Editor, Do you really think the average American family who is trying to hold down two jobs to maintain a lifestyle so their family can keep up with today's demands of living gives a hill of beans about Hillary's missing emails? GeorgeHarper, Cow-toonist Attention Readers: Our 'Letters to the Editor' Policy We are in need of more letters to the editor. Feel free to send them in to us. Just remember our policy on the letters. Local newspapers have long been the sounding boards for political, personal, and patriotic views and this paper is no exception! Relative to writing responses, please keep in mind ore" Editorial Policy: we will accept letters on a space available trusts only and they will be subject to the Editor's scrutiny as to coutent relative to libel, good taste and timeliness. A good length is generally one to one-and-a-half standard typing pages, double-spaced. The decision of the Senior Editor will be final. Letters must be signed in order to be published - e-mailed letters mttst include a phone number where your identity can be verified, but you may still be required to sign the letter via snail mail. ' Deadlines for Letters to the Editor" are Mondays at 3:00 pan. for tha week's paper. After 3 p.m., they can be accepted for that week as paid advertise- ments. However, it would appear for free in a future edition. Also, for writers who consistently send in Letters to the Editor week after week, these messages are constantly evaluated as to content and to purpose, so they may be considered as an advertisement, especially if they are weekly, lengthy, and repeats of previous letters. Nevertheless, you will be contacted if the latter is the case and will be charged only our regular advertising rate For more information on this newspaper's editorial page policy, contact Dave Corcoran, Sr., Ph.D., Publisher-Senior Editor-owner, at 304-462-7309. ,/